Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  12 responses

Kobe Bryant’s Dad, Joe, Seeks an NBA Job

Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, currently coaching in the WNBA, is looking for a player development gig in his son’s League. From the LA Times: “If he did anything outside of basketball it wouldn’t matter. But he has been in the game almost 40 years. First, as a player — eight seasons in the NBA with the 76ers, Clippers and Rockets — then as a coach, with the WNBA’s Sparks and in Japan. Now, Bryant is back with the Sparks as an assistant. For all his travels, Bryant has never escaped his son’s shadow. Is he OK with that? ‘Yeah, because he’s my son,’ he says. Bryant was estranged from Kobe after his son’s marriage to Vanessa, but Joe says they are now on pretty good terms. One day, Bryant would like an NBA job, not as a coach, but perhaps in a player development role where he could work with young players. But to get there, he might have to deal with a double-edged sword: his lineage. That alone can give him instant credibility. ‘Absolutely, hell yeah it should, because the first thing I wanted to know was, what drills did you do with Kobe?’ says former Sparks center Lisa Leslie, who was the 2005-06 WNBA most valuable player when Bryant was her head coach. But it may lead some to question his credibility. ‘They’re probably thinking, ‘Just because your son is good doesn’t make you a great coach,’ Sparks General Manager Penny Toler says.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    I’ve been “seeking an NBA job” for quite sometime myself, good luck with that – I heard they’re not hiring.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You aren’t Kobe’s pops^

  • slamfan4life

    kooobeees daaddyy

  • T-Money

    the fact that kobe has never given a ringing endorsement to his pops’ coaching skills is probably what is scaring teams away. that may not be entirely fair considering that kobe is just weird sometimes but hey… “deserve ain’t got nothing to do with it”.

  • robb

    lol@1982. Kobe’s dad looking for an NBA job is a completely different situation son.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    SMH I was kidding folks, I was talking about playing, not wearing a suit.

  • Eddie1

    Man Kobe and his pops been beefin since he was in diapers.

  • bike

    He should be able to get a job with the Lakers pretty easy. Seeing that he is ok with being in Kobe’s shadow and all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRROpiNAvPw EJ

    Why does he even need a job?

  • robb

    @1982 well, good luck then ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    He’d probably be an ok Defensive Assistant

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @BlackPhantom – haw haw haw.